An estimated 200 people turned out at La Jolla Shores Monday for the start of The Longest Walk 3, a 5,400-mile walk-run-ride relay across America to draw attention to the epidemic of diabetes among Native Americans.
Dawn brought presentations and ceremonies before walkers set off at 9:45 a.m. They were to spend the night at the San Pasqual reservation before heading for Rincon, Pauma, Pala and then Pechanga reservations on Tuesday.
La Jolla was chosen as the starting point because of its historic significance to the Kumeyaay Nation. Members would stay along the ocean in the winter and journey back to the mountains and deserts as the weather warmed, said Louie Guassac, assistant coordinator for the Walk and a member of the Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians.
Participants are slated to reach Washington, D.C., on July 8.